(Closed) Any US brides wear Ian Stuart? Any thoughts about this designer? UK designers?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Gorgeous!  I also love Jenny Packham dresses.  UK sizes run small at least one size, so if you are US 8, you would be a 10, plus remember that designer wedding dresses are two sizes smaller- it’s confusing!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@MsInterpret- LOL!  No kidding!  I love that dress though.  If I grew money in my backyard, that second dress would be fun to have- just for fun!

I love unusual dresses too!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, be prepared to pay for IS and Stephanie Allin. They start at about £2000 (for comparison, all the Maggie Sottero dresses I tried were £1000, and Alfred Angelos came in at about £700-£800)- if they have US outlets, then you might get away with $2000, but if you have to through exchange rates it’ll be more like $3000. And I think on the sizing front, a “street” UK 14 is generally a US 10, so a bridal UK 14 would be more like an 8…I wondered that on a dress size thread here – my dress is Blue by Enzoani, which is part of a UK dress group, and it’s one size bigger than my street size, but a bride on that thread had found that hers was about 3 sizes bigger (and she was really slim, so I don’t think she was telling optimistic porkies or anything), so I wondered if it still had UK sizing. 

I’ve seen some IS in the flesh, and I personally found them very stiff, which I didn’t like. My SIL tried on the pink one at the top, and it was really weird on – it sort of stood up on its own, if that makes sense? They’re made of very very stiff silk taffeta. Some people love that, but it’s not my thing, personally. 

I know that all the SA dresses are handmade in the UK – I went to her home store right at the start, and it’s lovely. Her dresses are beautiful, and she’ll change anything you like – source new fabrics for you, whatever. But even her simplest gown (I tried on Angel) is about £2k.

Most of the UK designers are fairly small, UK-based businesses (nothing gets made in China), so their prices are pretty high (Jenny Packham, Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, Angelina Colarusso), but their dresses are beautiful.

I have to say, I’m the other way, and have total dress envy for the US designers – Priscilla of Boston, Watters, Jim Hjelm – I guess we all want what we can’t have!!! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tried on a couple of Ian Stuart dresses. They were pure drama and very lovely. I can’t remember how much they cost, but I think it was in the $3000-3500 range.

They’re really well made with great inner construction to give you lots of support.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I lovelovelove Ian Stuart for being over-the-top.  Not sure about current exchange rates, but you can about double the pound price to get the USD price.  Which is why I didn’t chase down the Stephanie Allin dresses that I also love and would actually consider wearing.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh gosh I LOVE his dresses. Aren’t they just FAB? Whew – price, ouch! Maybe you should scour around for a “gently used” one!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a big fan of Lyn Ashworth, especially the Georgina:

And the Jacquline is very nice also (can you tell I’m a classic bride?)

 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

!!! I LOVE that Jacquline!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsInterpret: Does he come with the blue dress? If so, looks like I’m wearing blue! LOL

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

UK to US sizes are a bit strange. In the UK, I’m street-size 6-8 but in the US I’ve only bought clothes in 00-0. Maybe you could find the designers’ measurements somewhere.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I don’t know if the sizing difference carries over to bridal. I wear a US 10, but I live in london and tried on dresses here. All of the samples I tried on said size 12, and they all fit fine. The dress I eventually bought says size 12, the skirt is too tight in the waist and will have to be changed but the top fits perfectly. So if you are buying online ask for the measurements in inches or centimeters. Don’t rely on the size on the tag– it’s definitely not consistent!

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